Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Dicor Corp. will be introducing several new products during the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
According to a press release, Dicor will be showing: A nitrogen-infused version of its Seal-Tite caulk and putty replacement for exterior windows, doors and hatches; remote controlled shades (including camouflage styles); a simpler Euro-cabinet build system; lighter and brighter motorized steps; TPO flooring that can take a caustic chemical bat; and stronger composite wall panels that can withstand a bowling ball drop from 30 feet (video is available for viewing at www.dicor.com).
Dicor Corp. said that this is the second year of a major product expansion that has seen a record number of new products from its affiliated companies.
“We’re really changing the face of Dicor Corp. with the wealth of product solutions we’ve put on the table,” said Dwayne Nickel, marketing director. “They’re all aimed at creating better solutions and experiences for RV manufacturers, dealers and consumers.
“For more than 25 years we’ve been principally known for our rubber roof and wheel products. Today we’re putting our long-standing reputation for service, quality and reliable products behind a number of new product lines. These are all tested and proven offerings, and provide simple, innovative products that customers can have confidence in.”
Dicor Corp. said the company “ramped up its commitment to RV quality considerably last year” with a multi-million dollar investment in a high-tech, proprietary system for manufacturing composite wall panels called Vixenite, which will bring a new dimension of rugged stability and quality to the RV structure.
Since then, Dicor Corp. has added five new websites, new management personnel and more new products to further expand its operations. This past summer, Dicor Corp. was named one of 43 Indiana “Companies to Watch” — mid-sized firms that experts see as primed for rapid growth, with the potential to significantly contribute to the state’s economic development.
Along with new products, show goers should be prepared for some “Altered Reality” at the Dicor booth. This could also be called “fun with holograms” (participants can download an app) and is just one part of the company’s entertaining booth display that includes experiments and videos demonstrating product features.
Dicor will be displaying at Booth No. 236 in the North Wing Lobby, Hall 2A, of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).
Elkhart, Ind.-based United Shade has extended the use of Mossy Oak, Realtree and StealthCover camouflage fabrics to its Day/Night Roller Shades, combing their outdoorsy look with advanced, UV-blocking SmartWeave screen options.
According to a press release, the popular camo materials provide the blackout fabric for the shades, which can be motorized and controlled by either remote control or wall switch, either for one or several shades. There’s a non-motorized option that features a “Slow-Up” mechanism to reduce rewind speed and prevent flapping. This shade series also offers a heat-sealed enclosed aluminum hembar to prevent “clanging” and internal noise while driving the RV.
“Especially for hunters, fishermen and others who enjoy getting up close to nature and its creatures, Camo Shades supply the perfect inspiration for whatever expedition they may be on, while providing a stunning piece of décor that will command anyone’s attention,” said Braden McCormick, president of United Shade. “The extensive mix of styles we offer also takes our fabrics far beyond what most people might think of as ‘camo.’ It lets people make their own custom statement. It lets them bring their passion indoors.”
The Camo Shades come in a variety of expressions from traditional camo looks to computer-enhanced views of woodsy plant life in realistic texture and depth.
The Mossy Oak and Realtree Camo expressions with the new Day/Night Roller Shades will be on display in the Dicor booth No. 236 at the upcoming 49th Annual National RV Trade Show Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky. Visit www.camoshades.com for detailed information and to order.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Products has enhanced its Metal Roof Coating System with a Metal RV Roof Rust Inhibitive Primer. According to a press release, the primer provides better coating adhesion and prevention of rust bleed-through as part of a restoration system that also includes Dicor Products’ Elasomeric Metal RV Roof Coating and Coating Ready Cover Tape.
Dicor Products is introducing Metal RV Roof Rust Inhibitive Primer for use anywhere rust appears on the metal roof, both to reduce further corrosion and to enhance the adhesion and look of the roof.
“The rust inhibitor is a tested and proven product in other industries that we think will be a great choice for RVers who want to restore their metal roofs,” said Dave Majewski, Dicor Products vice-president of aftermarket sales and marketing. “This a product that RVers can have confidence in as far as helping to protect and enhance one of the important core components of an RV.”
The primer comes in gallon and quart sizes and is easy to use with simple water clean up. Dicor Products, an affiliate of the Dicor Corp., is well known for its rubber roofing care and restoration systems. To learn more about Dicor Products’ Metal RV Roof Rust Inhibitive Primer, visit www.dicorproducts.com.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Products, the leading supplier of aftermarket roofing care products for RVs, is adding a special coating and primer system for fiberglass RV roofs.
This new system includes Dicor Products’ Fiberglass Clean and Prep along with Fiberglass RV Roof Coating. Dicor Fiberglass Clean and Prep ensures the needed bond for the coating and is specially formulated to remove all wax, oils, road grit and other contaminants on a gel coat, while enhancing the adhesion of the fiberglass coating. It comes in a one-gallon container and is easy to apply and clean up. It’s also biodegradable.
The Fiberglass RV Roof Coating Formula includes 100% acrylic resin and forms a flexible layer that both protects and beautifies any fiberglass roof. The coating gives roofs a super bright white finish, which resists mildew and algae and reflects the sun’s rays to help cool the interior. It comes in both gallon and quart containers, is easy to apply, and cleans up with soapy water. One-gallon covers 350 square feet per coat. Two coats are required. It is not recommended for EPDM rubber or TPO roofing.
“The new Dicor Fiberglass RV Roof Coating is s proven product that RVers can be confident will work well for them,” said Dicor Products’ Dave Majewski, vice president of aftermarket sales and marketing. “The combination of Fiberglass RV Roof Coating with Fiberglass Clean and Prep provides a superior aftermarket system for fiberglass roof care and restoration.”
Dicor Products is an affiliate of the Dicor Corp. with a long-standing history of roof expertise. To learn more about the Fiberglass RV Roof Coating and Fiberglass Clean and Prep system, please visit www.dicorproducts.com.
Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp. has launched its new corporate website along with new websites for several of its affiliated companies.
The new corporate site at www.dicor.com features the company’s recent rebranding and the introduction of its affiliates’ new products under the theme of “amazing breakthroughs with boring stuff,” according to a news release.
The site links to easy-to-use online product catalogs for three Dicor Corp. affiliates — Dicor Products (www.dicorproducts.com) Seal Design (www.sealdesignllc.com) and United Shade (www.unitedshade.com) — along with a repeating slide show of the major breakthrough products Dicor Corp. companies have recently introduced to the RV market.
The websites will offer an expanding library of videos about products and their uses and provide product specs, warranty information, and installation instructions.
For RV manufacturers, the websites contain “Factory Friendly” notes for each product that explain how the product benefits the manufacturing process as well as the RV owner, and the extensive support offered by Dicor Corp. companies to effectively integrate the product into a manufacturer’s production line. Items for aftermarket purchase and installation are also featured through each site.
“These sites are part of the expanded capabilities we’ve been putting in place over the past year,” said Gregg Fore, president of Dicor Corp. “The websites are designed to make it easier for our customers to quickly obtain information about our many new products as well as our familiar offerings. Many people are not aware of the great variety of products we have. We expect to build on this online presence in the months and years to come.”
The easy-to-use sites highlight each product with its own page. Visitors can view a summary of product’s features and benefits as well as available videos, specs, installation procedures, service and warranty information — all accessible with just a few clicks.
“The information on these sites can be used for a quick reference, or for extensive data analysis, or for precise installation instructions,” said Fore. “Furthermore, they raise the profile of our extensive, quality product offerings, and communicate the innovation and customer support we apply to every product line.”
To learn more about Dicor Corporation and its affiliated companies and the difference they make, visit www.dicor.com.
Julie Nickel has been hired as website administrator and events coordinator within the Dicor Corp.’s Marketing Group, according to a press release
“This is an entirely new position we’ve created to help us handle our rapid growth in these two key areas of communication,” said Gregg Fore, president of the Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp.
For the past 20 years Nickel has been employed by Dometic Corp., working in marketing/communications as well as special events coordinator, including show planning for Dometic RV.
“As people saw with our booth at the at the last RVIA show, Dicor Corp. is looking to develop a bigger profile in the RV industry,” said Fore. “We’ve come out with a number of new products that we believe can seriously address some of the important issues our clients and others in the industry face.”
“To help us better reach out to those we serve, we will soon have completely redesigned websites for Dicor Corp. and for each of our affiliated companies, complete with extensive product catalogs. For this and for our show displays, Julie is an industry veteran who brings to us tremendous experience from her years at Dometic. We are fortunate to have her recognized talent on board to help us use these marketing tools to maximum advantage.”
With Dometic marketing, Nickel also managed and coordinated collateral materials, samples, literature and point-of-purchase fulfillment for the aftermarket and manufacturers. She also operated Dometic’s internal resource center for print materials.
In 2010, Nickel was elected member of the Commercial Council with the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA).
“I am attracted to Dicor Corp. as an Elkhart-based company with a consistent presence in the RV industry. It is doing some really great things and I look forward to being a part of this team,” said Nickel. “I’m excited about our new website launch and the opportunity to help position new products for Dicor Corp. I believe this is an excellent way to align my skills with a growth oriented company.”
The Dicor Corp. of Elkhart, Ind., was among 43 companies feted at a special award ceremony yesterday (Aug. 25) evening for being named an Indiana “Company to Watch” for 2011. The Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis was the setting for the banquet and accolades.
The honor was presented by the Indiana Development Corp., its Small Business Center network, Purdue University and the Edward Lowe Foundation. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was present to offer his remarks, which were earlier summed up by Mitch Roob, secretary of commerce and CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Association. “These ‘Companies to Watch’ are among the firms fostering Indiana’s economic growth. This group deserves our congratulations and our thanks for helping to make Indiana a great state for business,” said Roob.
A special video presentation featured representatives from 10 of the winning companies, including Gregg Fore, president of the Dicor Corp. The executives commented on their success as an Indiana company, with a definite eye on business growth and accompanying job creation.
Fore also represented Dicor Corp. as one of four award recipients to participate in a roundtable discussion about growing a successful business in the state, and what makes a company one to watch. The discussion appears in the September-October issue of BizVoice magazine, which is being distributed to 15,000 Indiana chamber members and others in the business community.
The 43 selected companies for 2011 are projected to have combined revenues in excess of $600 million, while adding more than 550 new jobs this year. These projections are up more than $100 million or 33 percent from 2010,
“This is a good way to recognize what growing companies are doing here in Indiana. For Dicor Corporation, this is a great honor for the special team we have established — we accept this honor on behalf of all our employees,” said Fore, who was present along with six members of the Dicor leadership team.
The Dicor Corp. is a major, long-time supplier to the RV industry through its affiliated companies: Dicor Products, Seal Design, United Shade and Vixen Composites. An affiliate of United Shade, Window Expressions also serves the residential and commercial construction markets. Although selling a wide range of products, all of the Dicor Corporation companies thrive as customer-driven and focused on simplicity, innovation and customer confidence in whatever they sell. For more information, visit www.dicor.com.
Elkhart, Ind.-based recreation vehicle and manufactured housing supplier Dicor Corp. will be honored tonight (Aug. 24) as part of a “Companies to Watch” celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.
Inside INdiana Business reported that 43 Indiana companies from 18 counties were selected by the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
The fourth annual list includes companies with combined revenues of more than $600 million and are projected to create more than 550 new jobs this year.
Editor’s Note: The following is a technical report from Dicor Corp. outlining care and maintenance for RV rubber roofs, a core product line for the Elkhart, Ind. company
Taking care of your RV’s rubber roof
Rubber Roofs are the number one choice for today’s RVs. More than 2 million RVs with rubber roofs are presently on the road. Rubber roofs require less lifetime maintenance; they eliminate “roof rumble,” and have passed the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) 20-year accelerated aging test. First introduced commercially in the 1960s, rubber roofs started to become popular in the 1970s and by the 1980s accounted for 40 percent of the roofing market. Today rubber roofs account for upwards of 70 percent of RV roofs.
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is one of the most versatile and long-lasting materials used for RV roofs. It is cost effective and both easy to maintain and repair. EPDM provides excellent resistance to ultra-violet rays, ozone and oxidants, while performing well under severe weather conditions.
Care and Maintenance
Care of a rubber roof begins with prevention: be aware as to how damage may occur. For example, EPDM roofing membranes are specially formulated to be more puncture resistant, yet these materials can still be cut or punctured by sharp objects. Also use caution when placing any articles on the roof, walking on the roof, or parking under low hanging tree branches. Beware of areas where fruit, tree sap, or harsh environmental fallout may stay on the roof for an extended period of time. These conditions may result in permanent stains. If your roof is exposed to such conditions, you may need to increase the frequency of your roof cleaning.
Caution: As with the surface of any roof, a rubber roof can be very slippery, especially when wet. If you go up on your roof we recommend extreme caution and suggest that you navigate the roof on your hands and feet. This distributes the weight more evenly and helps reduce the possibility of falling.
Dicor Products recommends that a rubber roof be cleaned at least four times annually. Use the following steps:
1. Completely rinse your roof with clean water to remove any loose dirt or debris.
2. Use a medium bristle brush and a concentrated cleaning agent such as Dicor Products RP-RC160C, mixed with two or three gallons of water. As an option to the concentrated cleaning product, Dicor also has a ready-to-use roof cleaner: RP-RC320S. Work in small manageable sections such as a 3’ X 3’ area starting at one end and working toward your point of exit. Scrub and rinse with clean water thoroughly to avoid residue build-up on the roof or sidewalls of your RV.
3. For difficult areas repeat step 2.
4. Caution: Do not use petroleum distillates to clean the roof as they may cause permanent damage.
With a newly cleaned roof, now would also be a good time to add a roof protectant product such as Dicor Products’ well-known Roof-Gard RP-RG320S UV protectant. This type of protectant is mild and non-abrasive and helps minimize oxidation, as well as drying and cracking, and leaves a finish that repels dust and water. It helps reduce fading from UV rays and keeps surfaces cleaner longer without residue or oily build-up. It’s also free of silicone oils, waxes, glycerin and petroleum distillates, all of which can harm a rubber roof.
To use, first clean the roof. Then while not in direct sunlight, spray the Roof-Gard protectant onto the surface. To ensure even coverage, apply in manageable sections such as a 3’ X 3’ area using a damp sponge mop or soft cloth. For maximum protection, apply every 3 to 5 weeks or as necessary.
Over time, just like everything else, your roof will show signs of aging. However, you can extend the life of your roof for years to come with Dicor Product’s 2-Step restoration system. This 2-Step Rubber Roof Coating System combines a cleaner/activator that in one step cleans and prepares the surface and helps promote adhesion of the unique specially formulated EPDM rubber roof acrylic coating. This provides a protective shield o help extend the life of the membrane. This is recommended not only for older roofs, but any roof that is tired, dirty or stained.
Caution: It is important to NOT use cleaners or conditioners containing petroleum products, hard abrasives, or citric-based formulas. Use of these products may cause irreparable damage to your roof and/or void the warranty.
Additionally, you may need a lap sealant to touch up or replace existing lap sealants around roof protrusions such as vents, skylights and trim strips. If the old lap sealant has pulled away from the roof, remove it and reseal. If the lap sealant has only surface cracks, just seal over. A cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol to eliminate foreign material from the seal provides a good prep for the new sealant. Be sure the area cleaned with alcohol is dry (about 15 minutes) before putting on the new lap sealant.
Damage may be in the form of punctures and/or rips.
For heavy-duty repairs, i.e., those with extensive damage, use Dicor Products 533RM available in 6-inch or 12-inch widths by 25-foot lengths. This is a peel and stick repair material. For smaller repairs, Dicor Products recommends DiSeal RP-TPO451C. This is a 4-inch X 50 -foot roll of peel and stick self-adhering repair material. For very small punctures Dicor Products offers a 6-inch X 6” patch of peel and stick material RP-TP066-1C. Dicor also supplies an emergency patch and repair kit that you can take with you, the 402PR.
To repair a puncture or rip, examine the area to be repaired and clean the area with Dicor Products rubber roof cleaner; rinse thoroughly. Ensure the roof is completely dry, Then, using a soft cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol, clean the dampened area again. Let dry thoroughly. Cut the repair membrane to extend over the hole making sure it overlaps the damaged area by 2 inches on all sides. DO NOT use multiple patches for a single repair: use the correct size. It is important to position any patch on the first try as the patch should not be lifted and repositioned.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it necessary to protect my rubber roof against UV Rays?
No. But Dicor Products Roof-Gard will add additional protection against damaging UV rays
If I use a roof treatment product containing petroleum distillates on my rubber roof, will that void my warranty?
If I buy a used RV and it has a rubber roof, how can I tell if the previous owner used petroleum distillates and damaged the rubber roof? What should I look for?
Two things: First, swelling and uneven thickness of material. Second, loose areas. Petroleum distillates soak in and cause the adhesion to loosen and the membrane to balloon. When the ballooning goes down, the membrane may never adhere properly or completely.
My roof seems to “oxidize” and run down the sides when it rains. Is this normal?
The simple answer is “Yes.” EPDM does oxidize slowly; it is supposed to. This is normal. By oxidizing, your EPDM rubber roof is protecting itself from damaging UV rays. Over the lifetime service of your roof this oxidation process claims about the thickness of two sheets of notebook paper. Cleaning the roof at least four times a year, or more often if necessary, will help greatly.
Is it easy to repair tears in the roof membrane?
Any tear in an EPDM roof membrane can be repaired using a number of repair methods. Dicor Products offers a prepackaged peel and stick repair kit (402PR) that works well on small tears (up to 8 inches), as well as a larger kit that should be used on large damaged areas (533RM-6 or 533RM-12). For longer tears use repair kit, 522TPO-450-1C.
One supplier of cleaning products told me that their roof treatment had only a very small percentage of petroleum in the neighborhood of 10 to 30 percent. Is a small percentage like that OK to use on my roof?
No. Usually the percentage is given based on weight. Since petroleum distillates are significantly lighter, the reality is that 30 percent by weight might be 40 percent or more by volume! THERE IS NO LEVEL OF PETROLEUM DISTILLATES THAT IS RECOMMENDED.
Note: Dicor Products Lap Sealant contains a type of petroleum distillate used strictly in the curing process. At the Lap Sealant cures, the petroleum distillate evaporates. This will not harm or cause permanent damage to your roof.
The rubber roof wraps over slightly on both sides of my RV and you can see it from the ground. Is there any special care that I need to follow for this part of my roof?
Clean the area and treat it with a product that will repel soiling and is safe for EPDM. One product that performs well, lasts long and is safe for EPDM and is commonly available at RV stores is Dicor Product’s RP-RG320S Roof Gard and Protectant.
Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Dicor Corp. has been named one of 43 Indiana companies to receive the “Indiana Companies to Watch” award for 2011.
“We’re thrilled to have been chosen for this honor,” said Gregg Fore, president of Dicor, in a press release. ”This is a wonderful recognition of the hard work of our valued employees and the confidence our customers place in us. Both of these factors have encouraged the investments we’ve made in growing our company over the last 27 years.”
“Companies to Watch” is a unique awards program developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation to honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace, exhibit innovative products or processes, or display other characteristics that make them companies “worth watching.”
Second-stage companies are those that have grown past the startup stage but have not grown to maturity. They are companies “on the move” to bigger things in terms of future growth and economic impact. The selected companies for 2011 are projected to have combined revenues in excess of $600 million while adding more than 550 new jobs this year. These projections represent an increase of more than $100 million or 33 percent from 2010.
“This award affirms our recent investments in growing the company based on our core ethic of providing innovative and proven solutions to our customers — solutions that can significantly impact product quality,” said Fore. Dicor Corp. has been a major supplier of core components for the RV industry for the past 27 years. Over the past two years, the company has invested in a new facility and has introduced a record number of new products through its four affiliate companies — Dicor Products, Seal Design, United Shade and Vixen Composites. Through a sister company to United Shade, Window Expressions, Dicor Corp. also serves the commercial and residential construction industry with the latest in window coverings.
“We’re looking at how to expand into other industries, but RVs is where most of our business will continue to be,” said Fore. “We have many close and valued partnerships in this business.”
Dicor Corp. will be honored with the other recipients at an awards dinner Aug. 25 in Indianapolis. Fore will be one of 10 executives from the honored companies featured in a special video presentation about the winners by The Edward Lowe Foundation.
Recently Fore also represented Dicor as one of four Indiana business executives selected to participate in a roundtable discussion about growing a successful business in the state — and what makes a company one to watch. Sponsored by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the discussion will appear in the September-October issue of BizVoice magazine, which will be distributed to 15,000 Indiana chamber members and others in the business community.